Height of adventure: Saudi in his 70s a step closer to Everest

SUMMIT IN SIGHT: Al-Ghamdi at the Everest base camp.
Updated 14 August 2016
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Height of adventure: Saudi in his 70s a step closer to Everest

JEDDAH: Ahmed Mohammed Jam’an Al-Ghamdi from Baha has proved to the world that life begins after retirement if you are an optimist.
End of service at Aramco actually paved the way for him to start trekking in the hilly areas of the Kingdom.
Soon, he discovered the immense stamina and strength in him and set his sights on Mount Everest.
Al-Ghamdi, who is in his 70s, is now at the base camp of the Everest along with a group of 10 climbers, including a 19-year-old boy from Qasim.
Reaching the base camp was not a cakewalk. It was a 13-day, grueling trek in the Himalayas in Nepal.
At the base camp, the septuagenarian renewed his pledge for Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman. Al-Ghamdi praised his wife for bringing up his four sons and four daughters.
In a letter to his wife, Al-Ghamdi wrote: “I must salute you from the heights of the Himalayas for bringing up my children in an exemplary manner. It took 13 days to climb the mountains — around eight days covering 70 km to climb up and five days to cover a distance of about 70 km climbing down.”
He said that when he reached a cliff, which is known for avalanches, he took the opportunity to remember his wife.
Al-Ghamdi said that he wants to convey the message that age is never an obstacle. “It was a successful journey without any tiredness, illnesses or injuries for any of our team members.”
Born in 1368 A.H. in Baha, Al-Ghamdi did his graduation from King Saud University in 1394 A.H. and masters from King Abdulaziz University in 1398 A.H.
He worked as a geological consultant for Aramco.
The video clip of the elderly Saudi man has gone viral on social media and it is attracting likes in large numbers.


KSRelief chief presented with 2019 moderation award

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KSRelief chief presented with 2019 moderation award

MAKKAH: The general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, has been named the winner of the 2019 moderation award.

Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal made the announcement at a ceremony held on Wednesday in Jeddah.

The award, in its third year, is considered one of the most important in promoting the values of moderation and combating extremism, both internally and externally.

Al-Rabeeah has held 13 positions that contributed to his selection for the award, most notably minister of health, and pediatric surgery consultant, a role in which he performed 47 operations for conjoined twins from 20 countries.

The Saudi National Siamese Twins Separation Program is a global reference and one of Saudi Arabia’s most distinguished medical humanitarian initiatives worldwide.

In December 1990, Al-Rabeeah hit local and international headlines after making history in the Kingdom by performing complex surgery to separate the first conjoined Saudi twins at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Riyadh.

Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah

The case of the conjoined Malaysian twins Ahmed and Mohammed was particularly demanding. The family of the two children appealed to the Kingdom’s government to conduct the separation operation, and Al-Rabeeah carried out successful surgery lasting 23.5 hours in September 2002, by royal request.

After taking over as general supervisor of KSRelief, Al-Rabeeah oversaw 176 projects in 37 countries, including key areas such as food security, health, water, sanitation, education, women, children, vaccination and shelter.

He also implemented the directives of King Salman, providing various humanitarian and relief programs and building partnerships and community support with other countries.

The center executed 1,050 projects in 44 countries in addition to 225 projects dedicated to women and 224 for children.